Three days after arriving in Alaska a shoot we’d been planning for weeks luckily fell into place. Talent, available boat, and weather all aligned in our favor. Operating on the typical Alaska summer sleep deprivation, we shot 3,600 frames in 30 hours at 3 locations with 8 talent. Great shoots! Looking forward to more shoots like that.
Our 12-hour day in Prince William Sound with Captain Mike of Lazy Otter Charters had to be one of the best days ever in Prince William Sound. We had three fine folks for talent for a variety of adventure and tourism themes to create.
Keeping mental focus. I am very fortunate to have a client that gives me a lot of creative freedom. Investing the money and time I did without a shot list seems risky or foolish but it works. The challenge was to have fresh ideas and sharp focus and keep the talent motivated all day. Here is how I stack the odds in my favor.
First, casting dependable and self-motivated talent, most of whom I’ve worked with before was a huge step toward a successful shoot. Knowing the area and light was also a key component. The only uncertainty is, as always, dealing with weather conditions that are not favorable to what the client wants. We had a bit of flat light and ominous clouds in late morning. Remaining flexible I was able to adjust my shoot ideas to work around this. The rest of the day was just grand.
Instead of a shoot list, I come up with a “concept” list short enough to keep in my head. This allows me to take in the environment, the light and mood of the talent to generate ideas on the fly that convey the client’s visual message. I also go after the ideas they want shot the most first while we are all fresh. This approach along with good planning resulted in a successful but exhausting shoot.